Every homeowner should have these 8 tools on hand for basic maintenance tasks. These items will ensure that your home stays as good as new and also will allow you to complete simple household projects. Here are the items that should absolutely have on hand at all times:
- Hammer: A 16-ounce curved claw hammer is heavy enough to handle most nailing jobs in your home, but is still light enough for most people to handle. To swing the hammer: use your full forearm and the hammer’s weight. Use the hammer’s claw for pulling nails and as a demolition tool.
- Screwdriver: A Philips or X-shape screwdriver is probably one of the most common tools in any toolbox because it covers a wide range of screw types and sizes. Place the screw on the driver tip and hold both screw and tip together with the fingers of one hand. Apply very little pressure on the driver while turning in a clockwise direction until the screw engages the wood.
- Pliers: Pliers have serrated jaws that allow you to hold onto objects firmly, in addition to pulling, pinching, and bending metal.
- Tape measure: This tool is very important for measuring, deciding the placement of objects, and calculating floor plans, and determining the correct size of fixtures and furniture. As the age old carpenter saying states, “measure twice, cut once” and you will have no issues.
- Power Drill-Driver: This tool combines a drill and a screwdriver, adapting from drill bits to every kind of screw, making larger projects go quickly and with less muscle. When drilling you want to approach the surface at a 90 degree angle.
- Drill Bits: You can’t user a drill without its drill bits. Most drills come with a bit for driving screws; however it is smart to invest in a few more for other projects around your home. For drilling into wood buy a “pilot point” drill bit set. Always make sure that you use a size slightly smaller than the fastener when you’re pre-drilling.
- Flashlight: When a necessary repair occurs in a dark and cramped space you will need a light source to shine on the area. Have a relative or friend help by holding the flashlight for you. Make sure you always have extra batteries on hand for the flashlight to work.
- Ladder or step stool: Many tasks will be out of your reach, and this is when a latter and step stool come in handy. For example you might need these items for painting, changing a light bulb, changing fixtures, trimming the hedges, getting up into the attic.